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As aesthetic treatments become more accessible to the general public without resorting to surgical procedures, dermaplaning offers a safe and effective way to enhance the skin’s complexion. Dermaplaning is a skin treatment that uses an exfoliating blade to skim dead skin cells and hair from the face. It helps reveal the smoother skin underneath, untouched by the environmental effects. 

How Does Dermaplaning Work?

The skin may appear dull as it continues to be exposed to UV rays, environmental toxins, and irritants. With dermaplaning, the skin’s top layer is removed to reveal newer skin cells that can make a person’s skin appear smoother and glowing. 

Dermaplaning has the same concept as shaving, but it uses a scalpel-type blade instead of a razor to remove skin cells, hair, and other debris that may be present on the skin’s surface. Although reports on the effectiveness of dermaplaning are mostly anecdotal, treatment results may vary from person to person.

What Are The Benefits Of Dermaplaning To The Skin?

More Youthful Appearance  

Dermaplaning stimulates cell turnover and regeneration, which helps improve the appearance of skin texture and tone for more youthful-looking skin. 

Expertly Exfoliates and Brightens the Skin 

Dermaplaning treatment might be the key to unlocking a brighter complexion for those who find their skin dull in appearance. Since dermaplaning removes the irritating “peach fuzz” that can often contribute to dullness, the skin will better reflect light, achieving a natural “highlighted” look after a dermaplaning treatment. 

Improves Skin Texture and Tone 

Dermaplaning can help exfoliate away facial hair and dead skin cells (which can clog pores) to improve skin texture for a smoother feel. As indicated, dermaplaning increases cell turnover and regeneration, which helps correct skin tone for a more even appearance. 

Helps with Acne 

As the top benefit of dermaplaning, this treatment helps those struggling with periodic acne lesions. It often helps reduce breakouts by exfoliating away dead skin cells, which clog pores and contribute to acne. However, the treatment is not recommended for those with active cystic acne or open scabs from picking at pimples since it may contribute to further irritation and active breakouts. 

Non-Invasive, Zero Downtime, and Instant Results 

This non-invasive and pain-free treatment requires zero downtime — meaning it can be quickly done over a short lunch break — and delivers instant results. Just minutes after a dermaplaning treatment, the skin becomes remarkably smoother, brighter, and more vibrant.

What Skin Concern Can Dermaplaning Address?

Dermaplaning can address the following skin concerns, which include: 

  • Actinic keratosis, patches on the top layer of skin
  • Acne scars
  • Dull and dry skin
  • Peach fuzz (light, soft hair on the face)
  • Sun damaged 
  • Wrinkles and fine lines 

What To Expect During The Procedure?

First, the person receiving the dermaplaning must choose a trained professional with a valid license to perform the procedure just to be safe. The procedure begins with a gentle cleanser with alpha or beta hydroxy acids to help loosen dead skin cells. Also, the face needs to be completely dry prior to the procedure.

Next, the aesthetician will use a sterilized 10-gauge scalpel, holding at a 45-degree angle to the skin. As the skin is pulled tighter, they will use the blade to make short motions that are against the grain of the hair on the skin. Afterwhich, they will often apply a moisturizer to the person’s skin before providing them with a post-procedure care guide.

What Are The Possible Risks Of Dermaplaning?

While most people may have little to no irritation or reaction, there are also short-term side effects that can be expected after the procedure, which include:

  • swollen skin from the scraping
  • redness
  • soreness
  • tingling or burning sensation for about 48 hours post-treatment

Who Should Not Get The Procedure?

Some people with pre-existing skin concerns shouldn’t have dermaplaning. Before getting this procedure, talk to the healthcare provider in case of:

  • Eczema
  • Cold sore outbreaks
  • Freckles, moles, skin tags, or other skin growths.
  • An active case of acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin burns (coming from radiation therapy)
  • Skin rashes (contact dermatitis)

What Does Recovery Look Like?

The recovery varies with each person receiving the treatment, but the following can be expected:

  • After one week of dermaplaning, redness and swelling will start to subside. However, a patient may notice enlarged pores or small whiteheads on the skin, which typically disappear together with swelling. At the same time, it’s best not to shave the treated area.
  • After two weeks of dermaplaning, scabs may form over the treated area, which may fall off. Also, expect the skin underneath to look pink, tight, and itchy. Nonetheless, patients can return to work during this period but must avoid strenuous activities.
  • After 4–6 weeks of dermaplaning, patients can gradually get back to playing sports or other activities, but staying out of the sun is advised.
  • After 6–12 months, staying out of the sun is still advised until the treated area has returned to its normal skin color.

Moreover, a person can undergo dermaplaning as frequently as every two weeks.

What To Do After The Procedure?

Dermaplaning’s aftercare features highly on protecting the treated area from sun exposure. In fact, the practitioner will apply sunscreen immediately after the treatment. Nonetheless, the patient should ensure to include sunscreen (at least SPF 30) whenever outside (even on cloudy days) for several weeks.

The following aftercare tips are recommended:

  • Avoid the sun. For three days, avoid direct sun exposure and don’t sunbathe.
  • Use moisturizers. Fragrance-free natural moisturizers and serums must be chosen to nourish and soothe the skin.
  • Avoid the heat. Likewise, avoid too much heat for three days to avoid exacerbating the redness. Keep the hair dryer away from the face, and don’t use saunas or steam rooms.
  • Don’t exfoliate. After dermaplaning, there is no need to exfoliate since dermaplaning is already an extreme exfoliation itself. Moreover, avoid scrubs and other exfoliation for at least one week.
  • Don’t swim. A week following the treatment, it’s advised not to go into a chlorinated pool or hot tub. 
  • Don’t exercise for 24 hours. It is best to avoid getting too sweaty for 24 hours following the treatment to minimize sensitivity, redness, and the potential for outbreaks.
  • Don’t wear makeup for 24 hours. Following the treatment, avoid makeup on the face for 24 hours.
  • Avoid other treatments. It is also suggested not to undergo any other facial treatment for at least two weeks.

The Bottom Line

Dermaplaning helps remove facial hair and exfoliate the skin, leaving a smooth canvas for makeup application. CaTara Medical Spa offers Dermaplaning in which the skin is manually exfoliated to remove dead skin build-up and fine hairs. As dermaplaning removes the build-up of debris on the skin, it allows the fresh glow of new skin to shine through.

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